What Exactly Are Buteyko Breathing Exercises?

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Recently, Christine received an email on fellow SLP’s using the Buteyko Breathing Method. She had heard of this technique before, but decided to look into it to further her knowledge on the subject. Here is what she found:

  • The Buteyko Breathing Method is a powerful approach for reversing health problems associated with improper breathing, the most common of which are overbreathing and mouthbreathing, including poor sleep and sleep apnea.
  • When you stop mouth breathing and learn to bring your breathing volume toward normal, you have better oxygenation of your tissues and organs, including your brain.
  • You breathe to remove excess CO2, but it’s still important that your breathing volume is normal, to maintain ideal CO2 levels in your lungs. Lack of CO2 constricts your blood vessels and detrimentally affects your heart function.
  • The heavier you breathe, the less oxygen that’s actually delivered throughout your body due to lack of carbon dioxide, which causes your blood vessels to constrict.
  • Processed foods, which tend to acidify your blood in an attempt to maintain normal pH, will make you breathe heavier. This is because one of the roles of carbon dioxide, which is in your blood, is to regulate pH.

To read the full article, click here. Dr. Mercola interviews Patrick McKeon and talks about the benefits of the Buteyko Breathing Method.

 

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